In Memory of
EDMUND ALBERT MOAKES
7th (1st Bn. The London Rifle Brigade) Bn, Rifle Brigade
who died on
Thursday, 25th May 1944. Age 24.
Additional Information: Son of James Moakes, and of Kate Elizabeth Moakes, of Herne Hill, London.
Cemetery: MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy
Grave Reference/ Panel Number: IV, C, 1.
Location: Minturno is about 78 kilometres north of Naples, close to the coast. The cemetery lies several kilometres south of the town on the SS7 road to Naples and is situated in the locality of Marina di Minturno (Garigliano). To reach the cemetery take the Cassino exit from the A1 motorway, then turn right to follow Ausonia, Formia, Minturno. At about 30 km the road runs tangientially to a flyover. Go under the flyover, turn left and get on it towards Scauri and Naples, then leave it at about 6 km, turning right to Marina di Minturno.
Historical Information: Minturno War Cemetery lies close to the western end of the German winter line of 1943-44, known as the Gustav Line. On this sector of the line the 10th Corps attacked across the River Garigliano on 17th January 1944; by the 19th the 5th Division had taken Minturno. The site for the cemetery was chosen in January 1944, but the 10th Corps then lost ground, the site came under German small-arms fire, and the cemetery could not be used again until May 1944 when the Allies launched their final advance on Rome and the US 85th and 88th Divisions were in this sector. The burials are mainly those of the heavy casualties incurred in crossing the Garigliano. There are now 2,049 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-45 war commemorated in this site. Of these, 97 are unidentified.